USS Pittsburgh

USS Pittsburgh Christmas Gifts

The USS Pittsburgh Family Readiness Group (FRG) in Groton, CT is selling Christmas gifts as a fund raiser. 

They are currently doing two different fundraisers: Holiday ornament ($20 plus shipping) and a blanket ($60 non personalized and $65 personalized). 

Holiday ornaments and Blanket

Order at the website below (separate websites for Christmas bulb and the blanket)

Should you have any questions please contact Ms. Carrie Tupper at



USS PITTSBURGH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - 2017 awards to five recipients.

The USS PITTSBURGH Coordinating Committee established a Scholarship Fund in honor of the USS PITTSBURGH SSN 720 upon the occasion of its commissioning on 23 November 1985.  The scholarship is a symbol of appreciation by the City of Pittsburgh and its individual and corporate residents toward the USS PITTSBURGH and its crew and dependents.

Current and former USS PITTSBURGH crew and their dependents are eligible to apply for scholarships. 

Your membership, our annual golf outing and contributions in the Relief Crew are helping sailors and their families. 

Over $7800 was distributed in 2017  We had five (5) applicants this year! Two (2) were from the children of former crewmen and three (3) were from wives of personnel currently assigned to the boat !

USS Pittsburgh crew proudly displays Pittsburgh Steeler Terrible Towels

The USS PITTSBURGH SSN-720 Crew, on a port stop, holding 100 terrible towels and rooting for the Steelers. The submarine veterans of the Requin Base in Pittsburgh, sent them the towels.

USS Pittsburgh Relief Crew 

The USS Pittsburgh Relief Crew of the NLUS, Pittsburgh Council, provides support to the crew and family of the USS Pittsburgh, SSN 720.

During calendar 2016, your “Relief Crew” provided support for the families and crew of the USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720) in the follow ways: 

  • Christmas Party:  The majority of the funds come from the outstanding golf outing (chaired by Don Elborne for over 22 years) however; some additional funds from the Relief Crew were provided to supplement the golf proceeds to insure each child (101 under the age of 12)  received a $25 gift certificate to Toy R Us.
  • Halfway Night Party: The Relief Crew provided funds for a party for the children of the crew and a second halfway night party for the adults one week later. 
  • Scholarships: We were able to provide $3,000 in addition to the $3,647 income from the trust fund earnings on deposit with the Pittsburgh Foundation. We note with satisfaction that two of the recipients were wives of sailors currently assigned to the boat.
  • Sailor of the Year: We provided a monetary award to both the Sailor of the Year and the Junior Sailor of the Year in lieu of a savings bond.
  • Ship Visit:The Relief Crew provides funds for transportation via a rental van, some meals and berthing during visits by the boat's crew.

With the funds from your membership (this year there are 27 members, an increase over 2016) we, as the Relief Crew, can continue to provide outstanding support to the crew/families of our boat, the USS Pittsburgh (SSN – 720).

Pittsburgh Council Members attend the Change of Command Ceremony,  November 6, 2015 in Groton, Ct.

Members of the Pittsburgh Council of the Navy League travelled to the Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT, to honor the incoming and outgoing Commanding Officers of the USS Pittsburgh. Cmdr. Neil Colston relieved Capt. William Solomon III as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), during the time-honored ceremony. Capt. William Solomon III served as the Commanding Officer of the Pittsburgh from 10 Dec 2012 to 6 Nov 2015.

John F. Caspero, Jr., Capt. USNR (Ret), current Captain of the Pittsburgh Relief Crew, hosted a breakfast at the Groton Hotel on the morning of the COC that included the Captains and their families, the Chief of the Boat and family and the Command Ombudsman. Other Navy League members in attendance from Pittsburgh included Polly Bozdech-Veater, Katherine Kersten and Bob MacPherson. A very special guest was the ship's sponsor Dr. Carol Sawyer. John presented a special engraved commemorative tray to Commander Solomon from the Pittsburgh Council and the Relief Crew.

USS Pittsburgh Commanding Officer and crew members visit Pittsburgh

USS Pittsburgh Commanding Officer and crew members visit Pittsburgh April 3 - 7, 2016..  One of their activities was to attend a Pittsburgh Pirate game.  The crew and spouses display the Pirate flag - The Jolly Roger.  And the Pirates won!

USS Pittsburgh in homeport - Groton, CT

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